Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is bringing a new pro bono attorney onto his legal team to defend three civil cases over his alleged corrupt governance practices.

Blagojevich has hired Jay Edelson, a Chicago partner with KamberEdelson who is best known for his plaintiffs’ work, such as recent lawsuits against companies that sold tainted pet food that injured and killed people’s pets. Edelson said that he’s been hired to handle two federal civil cases and a state case against the ex-governor and that he may also do some electronic discovery work in the criminal case against Blagojevich.

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